2018 Residency Artists
Julie Crothers is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and educator based in Oakland, CA. Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Crothers studied dance and arts administration at Elon University in NC. She moved to the Bay Area to join AXIS Dance Company in 2014, where she worked for 3 years. Professionally, she has also worked with Renay Aumiller Dances (NC) and Sarah Bush Dance Project. As a choreographer, she is interested in discovering ways that dance can serve to break down barriers and confuse biases, fueling a community that is more empathetic, connected, and real. Crothers enjoys playing with text and absurdity - exploring alternative ways that dance can have relevance to “non-dance” audiences. Crothers’ choreography has been presented on stages throughout the southeast United States and San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in Amsterdam and West Side Dance Project in New York City. In addition to the Studio 210 Residency, Crothers has been selected as this year’s Emerging Artist in Residence at Shawl Anderson Dance Center and was one of Joe Goode Performance Group’s Feedback Artists for 2018.
Kuan-Hsuan Lee is from Taiwan where she grew up training in classical, traditional, and contemporary techniques - most notably performing with Ou-Yang Hui-Chen Art Dance Company (Taipei), and graduating from Taipei National University of Arts before she came to the US. She recently graduated from the University of San Francisco. She thinks that choreographing is a way for her to figure things out, including herself. She’s fascinated by the possibilities of this art form as well as how the audiences learn about “themselves” more by receiving and relating to the art she makes. She’s interested in ways she can relate to the humanness of the world in her arts. She questions, researches, moves, loves, hates, confuses, cries, breathes, etc. And she makes art out of them.
Check out excerpts from the culminating performance to see how the artists developed their work through the Residency.